Next Goal Wins has a slant which is different to most other fantasy football competitions: It is your team, with your players, bought at your prices, playing by your rules.

  • Create your own league specifying the rules you want including your own points structure.
  • Pick your squad by bidding for players using the automatic auction functionality in the site.
  • Pick your team each week from your squad and track their progress.

All this is designed to put the destiny of your team in your hands. Each player in your team can only be owned by you, meaning if they do well then you benefit.
Auctions can be frenetic and fun. Enjoy the excitement of trying to pick up bargains and praying that you keep hold of them after your bid has been placed. This auction system builds up a sense of attachment to your players that you don't experience with other fantasy football competitions. Via a proxy bidding system and auctions end times extending if you get outbid late, there is assistance to make sure you do not miss out if you are not around during critical bidding times. Auctions take place before the start of the season and throughout the season allowing you to tweak your squad as times go on.

To assist you in your team selection each week and to track your progress there are:

  • League page showing your position against the other managers in your league.
  • Graphical charts showing your progress against other managers in your league.
  • Detailed stats on each player's progress throughout the season.
  • Stats on the best players in your league.
  • Injury and suspension news on players.

Next Goal Wins is a hobby of mine. It is written and maintained by one developer in my spare time. I have a full time job and a family. Looking after this site fits in around those. It started as a way of tracking the fantasy competition myself and my mates wanted to play. I opened it up to everyone because I could. As a result, support is limited and mistakes will happen. Be ready for that. That said, assistance requests, issue reports and suggestions will be dealt with as soon as possible.

To get going click the 'Register' button on the left or enter your details and click the 'Login' button if you are already registered. If you registered during a previous season, your login will still work. If you have forgotten your password click the 'Forgotten password?' link below the 'Login' button.

Season 2024/25 is open:

League and team creation is open. The player list is updated (will continue to be updated regularly) so bidding is also open.

Changes for the 2024/25 season:

Points for own goals, penalty misses and penalty saves.
'Open' leagues.
Championships - Track progress across multiple leagues over multiple seasons, and more!
League creation can now auto-populate fields from a previously created league.
Joining a league (creating a team) now requires a 'code' instead of a 'league name' and 'password' to make the process quicker and easier.

Bug fixes:
Managers can join a league if their previous team is deleted.
Multiple display fixes when it is before the season has started. This includes removing 'points archive' and 'ideal team' until there is data available.
Multiple other minor fixes.

Behind the scenes changes:
A new source of player data.
Upgrade of PHP for performance and security.
Lots of work on the database tables to make development easier.
Lots of work on how deadlines are loaded in preparation for future changes.
Managing of message deletion is now done in the same way similar processes are handled.